US military dig up Essex field for the remains of a WW2 airman still missing

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() US military dig up farmer’s field in Essex for the remains of an airman still missing after his B-26 bomber crashed two days before D-Day on a mission to bomb Nazis in occupied France Marauder unearthed in Essex took off 48 hours before D-Day to bomb a bridge Before it got to Nazi-occupied France, engine failure brought it crashing down  At least one airman died at the scene and his remains have been found in Essex  But another remains unaccounted for and Americans are now searching for him 

By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Published: 02:06 BST, 2 September 2019 | Updated: 07:29 BST, 2 September 2019

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The US military has dug up a farmer's field in Essex to search for the remains of a Second World War airman who is unaccounted for after his plane crashed and exploded.

The B-26 Marauder bomber took off two days before D-Day on a mission to bomb a bridge in Nazi-occupied France, but experienced engine failure after leaving RAF Stansted Mountfitchet.

The twin-engined aircraft crash landed on June 4 1944, with its six crew and cargo of two 2,000lb bombs still inside.

Four airmen managed to escape from the burning wreckage and survived, but a fifth died at the scene when the two bombs exploded. His remains were recovered.

Pictured: Brian Seymour of the US Department of Defence excavates the site near Stansted airport in Essex

Pictured: Brian Seymour of the US Department of Defence excavates the site near Stansted airport in Essex 

Diggers found the remains of an aviator who died when two bombs exploded at the site in Stansted, Essex

Diggers found the remains of an aviator who died when two bombs exploded at the site in Stansted, Essex 

These bullets were unearthed at the scene near Stansted airport in Essex, where six pilots were brought down

These bullets were unearthed at the scene near Stansted airport in Essex, where six pilots were brought down 

The sixth airman remains unaccounted for, and US military personnel from the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency are searching for his remains.

Sergeant First Class Peter Holderness, team

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